Jason Somerville has announced that his popular poker-themed Twitch stream is set to resume production on August 16th. The new partnership with Twitch, announced via Facebook, calls for running his daily Run It Up streams on Twitch for the next 2 years.
In an interview with Sky Poker Sports earlier this summer, Somerville said at the time that he had planned to start again this month do another 3 or 4 months of daily streams, only taking the occasional Saturday off.
Somerville’s Epic Spring 2015 Twitch Run
A poker player since 2004, Somerville parlayed his success into a series of popular YouTube series, podcasts and eventually his popular “Run It Up” video series, which he now broadcasts exclusively on Twitch.
During the popular run this spring, Somerville’s stream would regularly achieve thousands of continuous viewers, occasionally eclipsing 15,000 or more watching at one time.
Jason Somerville, which streams under the jcarverpoker moniker, broadcasted for six and a half hours per day during his 78-day campaign. During the run, Somerville broadcasted for over 500 hours, bringing 3 million unique viewers to his stream for a total of 7.2 million views.
His 100,000 plus followers watch Somerville play online poker at his computer, whiling engaging with his fans and followers. Somerville stands out from the pack for his seasoned broadcasting skills combined with his ability to entertain by explaining strategy in a way that is easy to understand and follow. The stream, which had last broadcast on June 1st, has used the formula to attract a diverse group of fans and followers.
Twitch is Becoming a Growing Force in Poker
Launched in 2011, Amazon-owned Twitch is a platform for video gamers to live stream while playing their favorite video games. Over the last couple years, Twitch has increasingly been used by poker personalities and professionals as a new way to engage with fans, explain the intricate details of the game of poker, and in Somerville’s case, expanding the sport of poker to a wider audience.
The format typically has a video of the streamer superimposed over a live screen capture of what the streamer is viewing. Typically the streamer will provide commentary, strategy and interact with followers.
Viewers of Twitch can watch the streams for free. The site is supported by advertisements and a $4.99 subscription button, which provides viewers with streams without advertisements. Some of the most popular Twitch streamers are making a good living from the service.
Twitch fans can find a series of poker-related Tweets by navigating to the Twitch poker game page. In addition to Somerville, players such as Jaime Staples (PokerStaples), Kai McMinn (StickyRice1), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Greg Merson have accumulated followings.
Go here to view Jason Somerville’s jcarverpoker stream when it goes live on August 16th.